About Myeloma Canada
Myeloma Canada is the only national non profit organization uniquely devoted to the Canadian myeloma community. Founded in2005 by two myeloma patients, Myeloma Canada is a patient-driven, patient-focused, grassroots organization, whose goal are to:
• Provide educational resources and support to patients, families, and caregivers;
• Increase awareness of the disease and its effects on the lives of patients and families;
• Promote clinical research and access to new drug trials in Canada;
• Improve access to new therapies, treatment options, and health care resources.
What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma, commonly referred to as myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. A plasma cell is a type of immune cell that produces antibodies to fight infection. Its cause remains unknown.
Every day, 7 Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma. Although myeloma remains relatively unknown, its prevalence is increasing.There are over 7,500 Canadians living with multiple myeloma. With the aging population (the average age of diagnosis is in themid-60’s) and improving outcomes resulting from new and better treatments, the number of patients will continue to increase.
Although there is yet no cure, myeloma is treatable, with many patients going on to lead full lives for years after diagnosis. With increasing research and emerging treatments the overall outlook for patients is improving steadily.
What People Are Saying
"My husband and I appreciate the outstanding work you and your amazing team are doing for all of us, patients and caregivers alike. We all are in this together, and we are thankful that organizations like yours exist, it makes things a lot easier for all of us."
— Caregiver, Toronto